After nearly losing to a 76ers team with the worst record in the league, the Warriors bounced back Sunday night with a 116-95 win against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
While it was the typical overall Warrior performance that we’ve seen throughout this season, Stephen Curry was not highlight of the night.
Instead, Golden State’s Draymond Green capitalized the win with his 9th triple double this season, tying the franchise record. The versatile forward registered a historic 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. His spectacular overall performance was also capped off with a perfect 9 for 9 shooting performance from the field. The 2012 Big Ten Player of the year and 2015 NBA Champion, who leads the league in triple doubles, also matched Hall of Famer Tom Gola’s total from the 1959-60 season.
To say Green has been extraordinary this season would be an understatement. He is transforming into an elite player with career highs in scoring, rebounds, assists, blocks, field goal percentage, and three-point percentage. Green not only leads Golden State in rebounds (9.5) and assists (7.4), but he also ranks 12th and 6th, respectively, in the NBA. Green is the only non-guard to rank in the top 15 assists per game.
Curry, playing with a nasty cut on his forehead, had a relatively quiet 13 points. He was 5 for 17 for the night, on a court where he once dropped 54 points.
Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who lost their fifth time in six games.
“In the third quarter, they just took it to another level of intensity,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “We were right there and they went to more of a level that they’re capable of getting to and got some separation.”
The Warriors have now won their 7th consecutive game and look forward to extending their streak Wednesday with an away game against a Wizards team led by All-Star John Wall. While they predict a guard-heavy matchup, the Warriors will also need their other key players, such as Green, to produce in order for them to fire on all cylinders. Nonetheless, the Warriors will be rest-assured knowing that when one of their superstars struggles, another will step in to fill the void.